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New Works Added to Corning Museum Collection

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Works by René Lalique, Michael Glancy and Kiki Smith are among the highlights of recent acquisitions to the Museum’s collections.    

The Corning Museum of Glass has recently acquired several important works, including a room-sized installation by Kiki Smith, three exceptional cast glass gems, and an Art Deco necklace by René Lalique.

Recent additions to the holdings of the Rakow Research Library of The Corning Museum of Glass include a unique 18th century contract outlining the trade of land for glassware and a one-of-a-kind book cover inlaid with electroformed glass by Michael Glancy.

Kiki Smith, Constellation

The internationally recognized sculptor and printmaker Kiki Smith frequently uses glass, in addition to many other materials, to explore ideas about the body, landscape and nature. In the Museum’s acquisition, made in 1996, the artist has brought the heavens to earth in a room-sized installation titled

James and William Tassie, Three intaglio gems

The Museum has recently acquired three exceptional examples of glass gems crafted by London modelers James and William Tassie from 1777 to 1860. These gems are part of a larger set of extremely refined copies of known ancient gems, which were avidly collected by connoisseurs touring Europe who were hoping to make a personal association with the ancient world by acquiring its remains. Glass reproductions provided greater access to understanding ancient art at the turn of the century.

Two of the gems are reproductions of stone intaglios with late 19th century origins. Both are cast in a deep red glass and are inscribed with the names of the original makers, Edward Burch and Nathaniel Marchant, respectively. The first gem depicts the

René Lalique, Necklace, Dahlias et rondelles plates

The large pressed glass beads of the recently acquired

Land indenture between English glass manufacturer Samuel Parker and Philadelphia merchant James Cowles Fisher

The Museum’s Rakow Library has acquired an 18th century

Michael Glancy: Infinite Obsessions

This special edition of the monograph

About The Corning Museum of Glass

The Corning Museum of Glass is home to the world’s most important collection of glass, including the finest examples of glassmaking spanning 3,500 years. Live glassblowing demonstrations (offered at the Museum, on the road, and at sea on Celebrity Cruises) bring the material to life. Daily Make Your Own Glass experiences at the Museum enable visitors to create work in a state-of-the-art glassmaking studio. The campus in Corning includes a year-round glassmaking school, The Studio, and the Rakow Research Library, the world’s preeminent collection of materials on the art and history of glass. Located in the heart of the Finger Lakes Wine Country of New York State, the Museum is open daily, year-round. Kids and teens, 19 and under, receive free admission.

The Museum is currently adding a North Wing, designed by Thomas Phifer, which will open in late 2014. The 100,000-square-foot North Wing addition will include a new 26,000-square-foot contemporary art gallery building, as well as one of the world’s largest facilities for glassblowing demonstrations and live glass design sessions.

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